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Author: Joanne Burn

Cosy up to Contradiction – how to be a better writer

Cosy up to Contradiction – how to be a better writer

We love certainty. We look for it in everything: our religion, philosophies, morality, politics, how to guides. We want things that will work. We want tried and tested. We want to be sure. This works, that doesn’t. This is worthwhile, brilliant, the perfect solution. While that, on the other hand, is not to be trusted. These things represent who I am; I live accordingly. I’ve surfed many a tide of compelling new truth in the hope of making sense of…

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Making the most of Perfect

Making the most of Perfect

We all know there’s no such thing as perfect. Life is messy and complicated. Striving for perfection is futile – and exhausting! Perfectionists can be hard-working, tenacious, with an eye for detail. But we can also be an unhappy lot. If we’re not careful we tend to be uptight, controlling and anxious. And all of this, ironically, gets in the way of really and truly enjoying those perfect things we strive to create. We ruin things by clinging on too…

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So Sings my Soul: I love to read

So Sings my Soul: I love to read

Throughout May and June I’m indulging in the written word. Books, books, books! I don’t read much when I’m writing because I find it unsettles me – I get drawn away from the world I’m creating into other writers’ worlds. Distraction in itself isn’t a problem. But infiltration is. Sometimes, if I’m enraptured, greedily feasting on a novel, the tone, or pace of that prose can overflow into mine, staining paragraphs and pages. So, although I’ve always got a book…

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How to persist when hope is lost – Part two

How to persist when hope is lost – Part two

Chris, one of my subscribers, tried to comment on my last post ‘How to Persist when hope is lost’ but his comment was too long! He emailed me his thoughts instead and I was so touched by his response that I asked him whether I could share it with all of you. Here it is: I had a dream Years ago, when I was about 11, I dreamed of being a jet pilot in the RAF… I just simply had…

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